According to the 2013 Functional Literacy, Education and Mass Media Survey (FLEMMS), 9.8% of the children and youth in Northern Mindanao, or 180,908 children and youth were out of school in 2013. Region 10 had the least out-of- school rate among Mindanao regions while ARMM had the highest rate of 14.4% in 2013.
The proportion of out-of-school individuals in the region was higher among youth than children. Among the youth aged 15-24, 17% of them are out-of-school with female youth having a higher out-of-school rate. Among the children aged 6-14, 2.6% of them are out-of-school in 2013 with boys having a higher out-of-school rate.
Results of the survey showed that the top three reasons for females not attending school were (1) marriage (36.2%), (2) insufficient family income (17.0%) and (3) housekeeping (13.7%). Meanwhile, the top three reasons for males not attending school were (1) lack of personal interest (33.1%), (2) insufficient family income (22.7%) and (3) illness/disability (12.2%).
The 2013 Functional Literacy, Education and Mass Media Survey (FLEMMS) covered around 36 million population aged 6 to 24 years. Out-of-school children is defined in the FLEMMS as persons aged 6 to 14 years who are not attending school while out-of-school youth as persons aged 15 to 24 years who are not attending school, have not finished any college or post secondary course, and are not working.
(Sgd.) EDDIE E. NASOL
Interim Regional Director
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